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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Western Kentucky redshirt senior T Forrest Lamp's ability to "sit and slide" makes him a difficult obstacle for the opposing pass rush.

Reuter fired up his mid-2000's movie knowledge in assessing the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder. Noted the analyst, "NFL scouts that haven't watched much of the Hilltoppers could only say only one thing after their Conference USA championship victory over Louisiana Tech: I love Lamp." Cute, very cute. More substantively, Reuter writes that Lamp's bend technique "helps him anchor both against bull rushes and move his man in the run game." He could rise as high as the second round in this spring's draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote earlier this month that Lamp has "been on a straight shot north up draft boards" during the 2016 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 6 - 5:42 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ballparks Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor "in the third-round range."

In Saturday's Conference USA title game win over Louisiana Tech, Taylor caught seven passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder boasts a 89-1586-16 line and has 220 catches the past three seasons. He plays like John Brown. "At 6-0, 195 pounds, Taylor isn't a prototypical No. 1 wideout, but he has soft hands and shows burst after the catch," Kiper wrote. "He also tracks the football as well as any draft-eligible receiver."
Source: ESPN
Dec 5 - 2:04 PM

Western Kentucky named Nick Holt interim coach.

Formerly the defensive coordinator and associate head coach, Holt gets the interim promotion in the wake of Jeff Brohm's move to Purdue. ESPN reports that Western Kentucky will look at Troy coach Neal Brown, Idaho coach Paul Petrino and Western Kentucky co-offensive coordinator Tony Levine as permanent replacements.
Source: ESPN
Dec 5 - 12:23 PM

Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor caught seven passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 58-44 win over Louisiana Tech.

Taylor is up to an 89-1586-16 line through the end of the regular season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has been one of the sport's most productive receivers over the last two years. We've picked up some John Brown wafts coming off him.
Dec 3 - 4:13 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior RB Anthony Wales rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 58-44 win over Louisiana Tech.

Oh, that's not all. He also caught six balls for 68 yards and two scores. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound redshirt senior finishes the regular season with 1,361 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground and 27 catches for 254 yards and three more scores.
Dec 3 - 4:10 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Western Kentucky redshirt senior OL Forrest Lamp has "been on a straight shot north up draft boards" this season.

Pauline writes that Lamp entered the current campaign as a potential street free agent, but might have wormed his way into the Day 3 conversation through his consistently solid play this season. Of the 6-foot-4, 300-pound redshirt senior, Pauline wrote that he "blocks with solid fundamentals and does a great job protecting his passer." Pauline sees his best NFL fit coming at guard in a zone-blocking scheme. Some analysts are thinking even higher than Day 3, with ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. tossing out the second round as a summit that could be reached should a team fall in love.
Dec 2 - 7:36 PM

Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl.

ESPN's Mel Kiper sees in Lamp "a little bit of Brandon Scherff." A four-year starter, Lamp has been a stalwart left tackle for some prolific offenses. "He has good feet, is a sound technician and is very alert, which means he sees blitzes and senses stunts ahead of time. These traits are why I think he's ready to play immediately in the NFL in 2017," Kiper wrote. "Lamp is in the second-round range right now, and I'm excited to see how he performs against better talent in the Senior Bowl."
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 1 - 5:38 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper says Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp "reminds me a little bit of Brandon Scherff."

Scherff was a stud left tackle at Iowa but became an elite guard for the Redskins. Lamp is a stud left tackle at WKU who scouts project, ala Scherff, as a right tackle or a guard in the NFL. "He has good feet, is a sound technician and is very alert, which means he sees blitzes and senses stunts ahead of time. These traits are why I think he's ready to play immediately in the NFL in 2017," Kiper wrote. "Lamp is in the second-round range right now, and I'm excited to see how he performs against better talent in the Senior Bowl." Lamp will play in the Senior Bowl.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 1:02 PM

Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Lamp has earned praise from numerous evaluators, namely for his performance against Alabama's defensive linemen and edge rushers. He handled speed and power well in that game, but it is worth noting Lamp looked great in practically every other game he has played. Expect to see Lamp work on the outside and inside during Senior Bowl week.
Nov 19 - 9:37 AM

Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

We are in love. Taylor has been one of the most productive receivers over the last two years, producing 1,467 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015, tagging it with 1,340 yards and 13 touchdowns this year. Taylor wins on the outside and the inside, getting vertical downfield to win one on one matchups but also showing skills after the catch. He has some John Brown to his game. Expect Taylor to be a name who receives more attention as the process goes along.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 16 - 8:23 AM

Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor caught six passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 45-7 rolling of North Texas.

All of the usual Hilltopper suspects came through with flying colors on Saturday. Mike White connected on four touchdown passes -- three of which went to Taylor -- while Anthony Wales rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Taylor has posted a 77-1340-13 receiving line through 11 contests completed. 12 of those 13 touchdowns have come in Taylor's last seven games.
Nov 12 - 10:02 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior RB Anthony Wales rushed for 111 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries in Saturday's 49-21 win over Florida International.

Wales scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half as the Hilltoppers roared out to a 35-7 halftime lead, then proceeded to break out the Morton table salt in the second half, dumping it all over the Golden Panthers' wounds courtesy of scoring runs of 59 and 10 yards in the third quarter. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound redshirt senior has now rushed for 936 yards and 17 touchdowns. Those numbers are made all the more remarkable for the fact that Wales has missed one game due to injury and one half due to suspension.
Nov 5 - 10:10 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 13-of-21 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 52-3 win over FAU.

All three of White's touchdown passes came in the first half of Saturday's breeze of a win. He has now tossed at least three touchdowns in four of his last five games. For the season as a whole, the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder has thrown for 2,783 yards with a 23/5 TD/INT ratio over the course of nine contests completed.
Oct 29 - 7:41 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior RB Anthony Wales performed admirably despite sitting out the first half of Saturday's 52-3 win over FAU due to a suspension, rushing for 86 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the second half.

Wales was suspended due to his role in a brawl which marred last weekend's victory over Old Dominion. Turns out Mr. Wales does not need multiple halves of football to find success. He immediately went to work after halftime on Saturday, scoring from 30 and 11 yards out in the third quarter. Those scores put the Hilltoppers up 38-3. In a closer game, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder almost certainly would have surpassed 100 yards rushing. So long as he can keep out of mischief, he is a fantasy starter through to the end of the regular season.
Oct 29 - 7:34 PM

WKU WR Nicholas Norris snapped six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown on Saturday versus Old Dominion.

A worthy second banana to stud No. 1 Taywan Taylor, Norris now has 49 catches for 737 yards and nine touchdowns. WKU's passing offense hasn't lost much bite, even without Brandon Doughty.
Oct 28 - 5:57 PM


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